Speedhunters coverage of TAS 2009

Better late than never, right? Here’s the Speedhunters gallery of VIP Cars @ Tokyo Auto Salon 2009. My bad, this was an older post that was never published, hehe… Enjoy

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Sessions Platinum VIP Car Show

Repost from the Aimgain Blog of a recent VIP car show. Tons of UCF30 first gens!

(Non-VIP) self teaching Katakana part 1

Quick update..

I love learning new, useful things. The other day I decided I would teach myself Katakana, so I can make sense of at least a few of the details in my VIP Car, VIP Style and Drift Tengoku magazines… Not to mention the countless Japanese VIP websites and blogs I visit. The Katakana characters themselves are fairly easy to learn, but putting them together and deciphering/translating the words can be time consuming.  I made some flash cards (wow been quite a while since I did THAT!) and started tearing into my old magazines and VIP websites with a new passion… Mumbling to myself while reading.. “guh.. guh-ah… guhan-ku… guhanku-shi.. guhankushi-yon… JUNCTION! … Pu..pu-ro… puro-de..purode-you…purodeyousu.. JUNCTION PRODUCE!” 🙂

Hopefully I can pick up enough new vocabulary to update the other “japanese terms” post I have… Here’s a few random words that I was able to decipher, and also type/write! (use the IME support in vista to type in Katakana!)

オイル :  “OH-EE-RU” -> “OI-RU” = “OIL”

タイヤ  : ” TA-EE-YA” -> “TAI-YA” = “TIRE”

ホイール : “HO-EE-EE-RU” -> “HUI-RU” = “WHEEL”

サスペンシヨン : “SA-SU-PE-N-SHI-YO-N” = “SUSPENSION”

ジアンクシヨンプロデユース: Junction Produce!

If anyone has any nice web resources I should know about that discuss learning Katakana, please leave a comment. I use/love the Rikaichan plugin for Firefox to do most of my translation online, but I don’t want to always rely on it (browsing at work, reading magazines, etc)

Sick toyota crown

Absorber Aero for Toyota Crown

Absorber Aero for Toyota Crown

Good god that thing looks awesome. You’re staring at a Toyota Crown, sporting Absorber aero. They also make kits for the GS, LS430 and a few other Toyota/Lexus rides… But no love for the UCF20!

UCF20 LS400 Bulb part numbers

I’m on a mission to replace all/most-of the halogen bulbs on my LS400 with LED bulbs. The first part of the quest is to identify the halogen bulb part numbers, to be able to look up replacement LED bulbs. I found the following list on Sylvania.com (click products->automotive products->replacement guide), figured this might be helpful for other UCF20 owners looking to do LED retrofits.

2000 LEXUS LS400 (With HID (high intensity discharge) headlamps)
Low beam headlamp
HID-D2R

High beam headlamp
9005
9005SU Silverstar ULTRA for Ultra Night Vision – The Whitest and Brightest Halogen
9005ST Silverstar High Performance Lighting: The Whiter and Brighter Halogen
9005EB EcoBright – Your Environmental Choice
9005XV XtraVision Halogen – The Brighter Light
9005CB Cool Blue Halogen – The Whiter Light

Parking light
2825
2825LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp

Front turn signal
7440
7440ST Silverstar Signal Lighting: Complete the Look: Crisp, Clean, Style
7440LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp

Rear turn signal
7440
7440ST Silverstar Signal Lighting: Complete the Look: Crisp, Clean, Style
7440LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp

Tail light
7443

Stop light
7443

High mount stop light
921
921ST Silverstar Signal Lighting: Complete the Look: Crisp, Clean, Style
921LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp

Fog/Driving light
9006
9006SU Silverstar ULTRA for Ultra Night Vision – The Whitest and Brightest Halogen
9006ST Silverstar High Performance Lighting: The Whiter and Brighter Halogen
9006EB EcoBright – Your Environmental Choice
9006XV XtraVision Halogen – The Brighter Light
9006CB Cool Blue Halogen – The Whiter Light

License plate
2825
2825LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp

Back up light
7440
7440ST Silverstar Signal Lighting: Complete the Look: Crisp, Clean, Style
7440LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp

Front sidemarker
2825
2825LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp

Rear sidemarker
2825
2825LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp

Glove box
37

Step/Courtesy light
194
194LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp
74
DE3021

Trunk/Cargo area
194
194LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp

Instrument-general
194
194LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp

B-Spark UCF30 – VIP Celsior LS430

Wow I am in love with this car. Look how low it is! The overall style is fresh and represents a more modern VIP/Sport style in my opinion. The Aero is made by japanese company, B-Spark. As far as I know their products are not available in America yet — get on the phone with your distributor/wholesaler buddy and figure out how you can be the first to import and sport B-Spark aero in USA!

B-Spark aero on LS430 Celsior UCF30

B-Spark aero on LS430 Celsior UCF30

B-Spark UCF30 LS430 side shot

B-Spark UCF30 LS430 side shot

B-Spark aero on UCF30 - rear shot

B-Spark aero on UCF30 - rear shot

Currently it appears that B-Spark only manufactures two kits – one for the UCF30 (LS430) and one for the JZS16 (Gs430).  Here’s a shot of the GS/Aristo kit:

B-Spark Aristo JZS16

B-Spark Aristo JZS16

I would love to see what they could do for the classic UCF20!

VIP Style Z33 350z

My good friend and fellow Vegas resident NickD (of VegasDrift and VegasProAm fame) has been putting some major effort into cleaning up his z33 recently. This car has always been cool, aero, dumped, wheels, tracked out, lsd/suspension,  zipties and black tape… But lately it’s received some major loving from it’s owner — new Version Select aero, SSR Professor wheels, fresh paint by Spring Mountain Autobody and more… I must say it’s turning out amazing — even if not a “traditional” VIP platform, this car simply looks beautiful and demands attention where ever it is. Take a peek at these awesome shots by local photographer and auto-afficionado Brenton Ho:

VIP Style Z33

VIP Style Z33 - Low, black, wide wheels. What more can you ask for?

VIP Style Z33 2

VIP Style Z33 2. Are those DZUS tabs holding the side skirts on?!

VIP Style Z33 3

VIP Style Z33 3 - Stunning!

Enjoy!